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North Wind Welcomes New President and CEO Elect

IDAHO FALLS, ID – November 6, 2023 North Wind Group (North Wind) is pleased to announce Mr. Richard “Rich” Driggs has been appointed to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer Elect of North Wind, assuming the role on November 13, 2023.

Rich Driggs is a respected leader in the engineering and construction industry that brings more than 30 years of experience acting as both CEO and COO for multi-national organizations. He most recently served as COO for Michael Baker International and prior to that COO of WSP, a globally recognized high-performing AEC firm.

“I am sincerely honored to lead the North Wind team and am committed to fostering and maintaining the strong foundation they have built,” said Driggs “Together, we will continue to deliver exceptional results and drive innovation to meet our customer’s needs.”

Mr. Driggs succeeds Christopher P. Leichtweis, who has led the company with extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit for the past 10 years. His commitment to succession planning has empowered the company and the leadership team to continue to deliver results. 

“We are excited to welcome Rich as North Wind’s new President and CEO Elect. I am confident that his experience and vision will foster growth and have a positive impact on the services we provide to North Wind’s customers and ultimately, CIRI and its 9,000 plus Shareholders,” Sarah Lukin, CIRI President Elect.

Driggs and Leichtweis will be working closely together through the end of the year to ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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